COLUMBIA – After being ranked No. 7 in both national polls last week, Missouri's rank in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll improved this week to No. 6. The Tigers remained at No. 7 in the USA Today/NFCA poll.
Last week, three Missouri softball games were canceled and two were postponed, all because of bad weather. First, a doubleheader against Illinois at Lindenwood was canceled last Wednesday, then Game 3 of a home series against Georgia Tech, set for Sunday, was canceled. These games will not be rescheduled.
South Carolina (18-11, 1-5 SEC)
at Missouri (17-2, 4-1 SEC)
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday; 4 p.m.& 6 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: University Field, Columbia
TV: Game 1 Friday will be broadcast on FSN
The Tigers (17-2, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) were also scheduled to play Creighton at home Tuesday, but field conditions postponed the doubleheader, and those games have not been rescheduled yet.
In the two games Missouri did play this past week, it scored 24 runs against Georgia Tech on Saturday with 8-0 and 16-0 victories. Home runs in the two games came off the bats of Angela Randazzo, Nicole Hudson, Mackenzie Sykes, Rachel Hay and Corrin Genovese. Her home run in Game 2 was Hudson's team-leading ninth of the season. Also leading the team, is freshman Emily Crane with her ninth double of the season in Game 2.
Missouri senior Jenna Marston broke the school's career walks record with her 116th and 117th walks as a Tiger. After four walks Saturday, Hudson is right behind Marston with a career total of 114.
Redshirt freshman Taylor Gadbois got her first and second career hits Saturday in Game 2. She is now 2-for-10 with five runs and an RBI.
In the pitcher's circle, Chelsea Thomas (9-1) earned both wins, allowing just two hits and one walk in seven innings of work. Lindsey Muller relieved Thomas in Game 1. She allowed four hits, but kept the Yellow Jackets from scoring. Hudson relieved Thomas in Game 2 allowing just one baserunner who reached on an error by Crane.
This weekend, Missouri is set to host South Carolina (18-11, 1-5 SEC) in its third conference series. The Tigers will be looking for their first win against the Gamecocks, who hold a 3-0 all-time series lead.